The Smolderings have been piling up high since we last posted an edition. The pile was so high, it has to be split up into two so it won't start a fire. MLS scores from last night, soccer news from around the globe and a bit of other sports bits are all after the jump. Chicago soccer news will be smoldering away later today.
Major League Soccer
Jeff Larentowicz scored twice for the Colorado Rapids. Thierry Henry and Luke Rogers scored for the New York Red Bulls. All four goals came in the first half. The final score was a 2-2 draw in case you didn't figure that out yet.
Sporting Kansas City won their U.S. Open Cup Play-In Match over the New England Revolution. Chance Myers and CJ Sapong each scored two goals while Aurelin Collin scored the other one. Fire fans that hope our USOC victory gave us a boost certainly hope KC doesn't get the same bounce. I like the Fire being out of last place in the Eastern Conference.
Speaking of the U.S. Open Cup, things got wild at the second leg of the Canadian Soccer Association's championship, the Voyageurs Cup. Like the game is being finished tomorrow morning wild.
Worth a laugh. Perhaps this gem we wrote back in October was ahead of the curve.
MLS Power Rankings. You probably don't want to bother looking for sanity purposes.
Steven Goff checks out a possible new stadium location for DC United.
This debate is very big in US Soccer circles. I personally think that elite academies are best for developing soccer talent but it certainly goes against the grain how students should represent their high school and participate in school activities.
I think the sample size is too small but worth a look.
Oh, get the popcorn ready for this one ladies and gentlemen...
... but first eat your vegetables.
Entrenched soccer team moves to rare English town without a professional soccer team. Fans revolt and start their own team. Fans' team does really well in just a few years and has been promoted yet again. You probably already clicked...
Stuart Holden was named Bolton Wanderers' Player of the Year. That's quite an honor for the young American.
Interesting discussion on having a general manager in soccer. It seems like the manager/coach has enough on his plate that acquiring talent is too much. This doesn't even get into the idea of the wisdom of groups. Good read on how Tottenham Hotspur has been operating recently.
The NYTimes Soccer Blog hits another home run.
Well there goes the chance of bringing him into the Chicago Fire. As Merwin mentioned in his recap of the Philadelphia Union game, a successful model the Fire seem to be going after is bringing in young players, making them fight for starting jobs and then acquiring an offensive catalyst that ties everything together. Seedorf would have fit the bill and then some. He had even expressed interest in the MLS.
You probably don't want to relive it, but there it is.
Mike Brown is leaving a lot of heads shaking but the alternatives didn't seem much better.
Hail in Texas. Are we sure the world didn't end? Maybe hell just froze over.
You could see Quentin's bombs in the above video too but if you don't like hail, here are just the home runs.
Lou Montanez finally plays for the Cubs after they drafted him 11 years ago.